Accreditation at Heritage University

Heritage University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary process of quality assurance and institutional improvement.  It qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

Regional Accreditation follows a seven-year cycle and covers five standards:

Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations
Standard Two: Resources and Capacity
Standard Three: Planning and Implementation
Standard Four: Effectiveness and Improvement
Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability

The timeline below summarizes the accreditation history of Heritage:

1982: Heritage College began granting academic credit as successor to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, Washington (which closed on June 30, 1982)
1986: Heritage College received accreditation, retroactive to September 1, 1985.
2004: Heritage College was designated “Heritage University”
2011: Accreditation visit and self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standards One through Five, with accreditation reaffirmed
2012: Self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standard One, with accreditation reaffirmed
2013: Self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standards One and Two, with virtual visit and accreditation reaffirmed.

The next self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU is due Spring, 2019, on Standards One through Five, with a site visit.

Heritage College began granting academic credit on July 1, 1982, as successor to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, Washington, which closed on June 30, 1982. Heritage College received accreditation June 16, 1986, retroactive to September 1, 1985. In 2004, Heritage College was designated Heritage University. Accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2014.

In addition to regional accreditation, separate programs at Heritage are accredited as follows:

  • Medical Laboratory Science: The MLS program at Heritage is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Education: State of Washington approval through the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB) has been granted to the following education programs: Residency Teacher; and Residency Principal/Program Administrator.
  • Nursing: The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Heritage University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. It is also approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
  • Social Work: The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) effective with the class of 1997. The program was re-accredited in 2010.

Email us at accreditation@heritage.edu with questions.

Heritage University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Its accreditation status was most recently reaffirmed in spring 2014 after the acceptance of the university’s three-year evaluation.

On April 8 – 10, 2019, NWCCU’s accreditation evaluation team will be visiting Heritage University to confirm and verify the content of the university’s Mission Fulfillment and Sustainability Self-Evaluation Report through collegial and compliance peer review and feedback for continuous improvement. As part of the process, Heritage University invites third party entities to submit their signed, written comments to:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

Comments must be received by the Commission no later than March 8, 2019. The NWCCU will consider all comments in regard to Heritage University’s qualifications for accreditation. All signed comments will be forwarded, as received, to Heritage University, the evaluation committee, and the Commission.

To obtain a copy of Commission Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations go to www.nwccu.org and visit either the Standards and Policies or the Operational Policies links on the website, or contact the Commission office at (425) 558-4224).

Contact Us

IT Department
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

E-mail: ITHelpDesk@heritage.edu
Phone: (509) 865-8579